Members met at noon on December 16 at the Osborne Pizza Hut.
Mary Lou reported sending used stamps to the wounded. A thank-you was received from Mr. Hatchner.
Monetary donations were made to Osborne, Smith Center, Stockton, and Kensington Schools for milk money.
End-of-year forms were filled out and community hours were reported.
The election of officers was held with the following results: President Craig Poore, Vice President Larry Lala, Secretary Mary Lou Dugan, and Secretary/Treasurer Mary Lori Struckhoff.
Our next meeting will be at noon on March 10 at the Rusty Tractor in Kensington.
On Halloween, we had a speaker at our meeting. Julie Wolters gave a program on how the pumpkin is compared to Jesus. When we clean out the inside and make it pure like Jesus, it makes us pure when we accept him into our hearts. Betty Lala provided the cookies for refreshments. Mary Lou gave each person a little pumpkin representing the program. A copy of the pumpkin prayer was also given to those present.
Members met on September 23 at the Lyman T. Earl City Park in Alton.
Thank-you notes were read from Osborne Swimming Pool for the donation, and from three pre-school classes for the supplies donated.
Members discussed ideas on how to promote the lodge for Halloween or Christmas.
Our next meeting will be a Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner at the Rusty Tractor on November 18 at noon. We’ll send out invitations.
Members met at the Lyman T. Earl Park in Alton. A thank-you note was read from the Kensington swimming pool.
Some of our members mowed and cleaned the Bohemian Cemetery.
We had a bike giveaway at the Alton Jubilee on August 25.
Members purchased Clorox wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizer for a preschool class.
Our next meeting is at 2 p.m. on September 30 at the Bohemian Cultural Center in Alton.
Members met May 20 at 12:30 p.m. for a potluck celebrating our 102nd anniversary.
A thank-you was received from Kensington and Alton for the Easter egg hunt donation, and Betty and Larry Lala for the sympathy card. A letter was read from No. 128 asking for support to make the Polka dance the state dance. The secretary will write and give them our support. We made a donation to the Osborne and Kensington swimming pools.
Emery presented Susan McCall with her 50-year pin. Barbara McClain also received her 50-year pin.
Our next meeting will be at the Lyman T. Earl Park in Alton on August 5 at 6:30 p.m. Watermelon will be served for refreshments.
Members met April 29 at the Rusty Tractor Café in Kensington. Mary Lou sent out 17 invitations to the members for the meeting and meal.
A Thinking-of-You card was sent to Anthony Cole who is on deployment.
Our agent, Melissa Westbrook, reported on the State Meeting in Oberlin. She brought our award certificate and reported on ways to receive more points in 2018.
Next year the State Meeting will be in Rossville.
Members met at the Woodston Coffee Shop on March 18. We received congratulations from Western for our points in 2017. Other letters were read and discussed.
A member received a diary of a relative from 1934 and shared some of the information found in it. This brought up discussion on family ties.
We changed the April meeting to the 29th. Mary Lou notified members via cards with the update.
No. 153 invited us to the State Meeting and their 113th anniversary on April 28. We brought a bouquet of flowers for the anniversary and had four people attend.
Members met February 25 at the Woodston Coffee Shop. Agent Melissa Westbrook spoke about service requests, agent of record, and answered questions.
Emery read the history of our lodge, which was organized in 1916. He will send a copy to the Home Office Fraternal Department.
Members signed a birthday card for Russell Phalen on his 91st birthday.
A donation was made to the Alton Pride for the Easter Egg Hunt.
Our next meeting is 12:30 p.m. on April 22 at the Rusty Tractor in Kensington. On May 20, we will have a basket dinner celebrating our 102nd anniversary at the Bohemian Cultural Center.
Members met at 2 p.m. on January 14 at the Woodston Coffee Shop. The meeting at Kensington Rusty Tractor Cafe was discussed.
Kansas has a new insurance agent from Kensington, Melissa Westbrook. There were six members and one guest from Western View, three members from Jennings, and two members from Cedar Rapids, plus Melissa. We are excited to have an insurance agent in Kansas.
Lodge hall memories will be the topic in the Fraternal Herald. We discussed memories of the Six Fat Dutchman playing at our lodge for a dance. Emery will write up some memories to send to the Fraternal Herald. We have five 50-year members. Vesta Russell received her pin at the meeting.
Vesta Russell receives her 50-year membership pin.
Our next meeting will be February 25 at 2 p.m. with Melissa Westbrook as our guest.
Vesta brought used stamps to be sent to the wounded soldiers.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.